DepEd issues school calendar for new academic year

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 6) — The Department of Education released on Thursday the school calendar for the academic year 2021 to 2022, which contains information about enrollment and vacation days, among other activities.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier approved the recommendation to officially begin basic education classes on Sept. 13.

However, private schools and state or local universities, and colleges that offer basic education could hold classes ahead of the official school year opening date.

They can also deviate from the school calendar, but they must report "any deviation" to their respective DepEd regional offices in advance, the department said.

General rules

With Sept. 13 as the opening date, classes shall end on June 24, 2022.

"There shall be a total of 209 school days, inclusive of Saturdays and the five-day midyear break," the DepEd said.

Face-to-face classes, whether full scale or not, are still not allowed unless the President says otherwise, it also said.

"The Basic Education - Learning Continuity Plan as contained in [Department Order] No. 012, s. 2020...shall continue to provide guidance on the delivery of basic education for SY 2021 to 2022," the agency said.

Moreover, conducting remote learning activities is permitted, but not required on weekends, according to the department.

Enrollment, orientation periods

The enrollment period will be from Aug. 16 to Sept. 13, and the DepEd said it will issue separate guidelines for this.

An orientation that covers the curriculum, co-curricular programs, and ancillary services must be held a week before classes begin.

A general assembly of stakeholders, including teachers and parents, must be done at the start, middle, and end of the school year, with a certain amount of time of the midyear and yearend meetings allotted for the presentation of school report cards.

Christmas vacation

Meanwhile, the Christmas break shall begin on Dec. 20, 2021, and end on Jan. 2, 2022.